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Coronavirus: Cancellations, Closures, and Resources

Coronavirus: Cancellations, Closures, and Resources

Coronavirus: Cancellations, Closures, and Resources

Coronavirus: Cancellations, Closures, and Resources



City of Jax | Department of Health | Price Gouging Hotline | CDC Website | World Health Org.

UPDATE 4-1-20: 

Saying it will have a major impact on people’s lives, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has announced a new executive order mandating that citizens remain at home except for critical and essential services, effective on Friday, April 3rd. Essential retail and commercial businesses that may remain open are: 

a. Healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, hospitals, doctors' and dentists' offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, and pharmacies; 

b. Grocery stores, farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This authorization includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences; 

c. Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing; 

d. Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; 

e. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services; 

f. Gas stations; new and used automobile dealerships; and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities, provided however that such businesses should ensure that customers practice the social distancing as advised by the CDC; 

g. Banks and related financial institutions; 

h. Hardware stores; 

i. Contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures; 

j. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes; 

k. Private colleges, trade schools, and technical colleges, but only as needed to facilitate online or distance learning and university, college, or technical college residence halls, to the extent needed to accommodate students who cannot return to their homes; 

l. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers; 

m. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but subject to the limitations and requirements of Emergency Order 2020-1. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided , or at any other gathering site; 

n. Businesses that supply office products needed for people to work from home; 

o. Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with the general public; 

p. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences; 

q. Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services via automobile, truck, bus, or train; 

r. Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children; 

s. Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care centers, and senior residential facilities; 

t. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist with compliance with legally mandated activities; 

u. Landscape and pool care businesses , including residential landscape and pool care services; 

v. Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted. 

Child care facilities are encouraged to operate under these mandatory conditions: 

1. Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer (inclusive of childcare providers for the group). 2. Children and child care providers shall not change from one group to another. 3. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix or interact with each other. 

w. Businesses operating at any airport, seaport, or other government facility, including parks and government offices; 

x. Pet supply stores; 

y. Logistics providers; including warehouses; trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and handlers; 

z. Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices and the provision of home telecommunications; 

aa. Provision of propane or natural gas; 

bb. Office space and administrative support necessary to perform any of the above-listed activities; 

cc. Open construction sites, irrespective of the type of building; 

dd. Architectural, engineering, or land surveying services; 

ee. Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses; 

ff. Waste management services, including collection and disposal of waste; 

gg. Any business that is interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means, and delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services; 

hh. Private and municipal marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply and other marina services, and other private outdoor recreational activities that comply with the spacing, maximum capacity and other requirements of federal, state and local executive orders and proclamations; 

ii. Hotels, motels, other commercial lodging establishments and temporary vacation rentals, subject to the requirements of Executive Order 2020-4; 

jj. Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities; 

kk. Mortuaries, funeral homes, and cemeteries; 

ll. The sale of alcoholic beverages is authorized consistent with Executive Order 2020-1; 

mm. Firearm and ammunition supply stores; and 

nn. Businesses providing services to any local, state, or federal government, including municipalities, pursuant to a contract with such government.


  • The Jacksonville Symphony has canceled all performances through the beginning of May. 
  • Welcome to Rockville has been canceled.  Ticket holders have options for a full refund or exchange. The promoter has outlined details here
  • Orange Park Mall will be temporarily closed until further notice for the safety of retailers, employees and shoppers. 
  • Multiple events at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall have been postponed.  

    St. Augustine Amphitheatre Events: 
  • March 20 – Justin Moore & Tracy Lawrence 
  • March 21 – Saturday Farmers Market 
  • March 22- St. Augustine Spring Record Fair 
  • March 22 – Blue October 
  • March 24 – Tuesday Night Market 
  • March 25 – Against Me! 
  • March 27 – Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Old Crow Medicine Show (Rescheduled to August 20) 
  • March 28 – Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd 
  • March 28 – Saturday Farmers Market 
  • April 3 – Dark Star Orchestra 
  • April 4 – Saturday Farmers Market 
  • April 7 – St. Augustine EcoCinema presents “Plastic Paradise” 
  • April 10 – Colonial Church presents Good Friday Service (Rescheduled to April 2, 2021)
  • May 8 -- Michael Franti & Spearhead
    Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Events:
  • March 18 – Graham Nash (Rescheduled to November 12) 
  • March 19 – The Expendables 
  • March 20 – Steve Hackett 
  • March 22 – Graham Nash (Rescheduled to November 13) 
  • March 24 – The Music of Cream 
  • March 25 – Bruce Hornsby (Rescheduled to November 15) 
  • March 26 – Stephen Lynch 
  • March 28 – Pablo Cruise 
  • April 1 – Jimmie Vaughan 
  • April 2 – Hayes Carll 
  • April 3 – Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Rescheduled to August 21) 
  • April 10 – Leo Kottke (Rescheduled to June 21) 
  • April 13 – Justin Hayward 
  • April 17 - 19 – Apex Theatre Studio presents The Addams Family

  • Three Northeast Florida malls will be closing through March 29 due to the coronavirus pandemic. St. Johns Town Center, The Avenues and St. Augustine Premium Outlets will close at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and will remain closed until March 29, Simon Property Group said.  Note: For the St. Johns Town Center, check with individual stores and restaurants before you visit, as some are staying open during this closure.
  • Cinemark Theatres is closing its Tinseltown and Durbin Park locations, effective March 18th. 
  • Regal movie theaters will be closing on Tuesday, March 17th, until further notice.  This includes Beach Boulevard, the Avenues and River City Marketplace. 
  • All AMC theatres are temporarily closed in accordance with local and federal guidelines. They will re-open when those guidelines allow. This includes Orange Park and Regency. 
  • The Alhambra Theatre & Dining is cancelling its performances through April 26, including the remaining week of its current show, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and its upcoming performances of “Singin’ in the Rain.” For those who purchased tickets to these shows, The Alhambra will offer a house credit toward a future show.
  • The Jacksonville Zoo, all city libraries and public parks will close at the end of Friday, March 13th, until further notice.
  • Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced on Friday, March 13th that operations at all city-owned venues will be closed indefinitely. This includes the Times Union Center, VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena and Daily’s Place. 
  • The PGA Tour has announced THE PLAYERS will be canceled. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster or the PGA Tour will be refunded automatically. You’ll need to contact third-party vendors like StubHub or Vivid Seats directly if that’s how you purchased tickets. 
  • The St. Augustine Amphitheatre has announced all events have been postponed through April 1st. Rescheduled dates will be announced and tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates. For additional information including refund inquiries, please visit www.theamp.com
  • The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall has announced all events have been postponed through April 1st. Rescheduled dates will be announced and tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates. For additional information including refund inquiries, please visit www.pvconcerthall.com.
  • The Florida Theatre has announced all events have been postponed through April 1st. The Florida Theatre Administrative Office and Box Office are open for business if you have any questions. The box office phone number is (904)355-ARTS (2787)
  • The Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show, April 3 to April 5 has been canceled. 
  • Due to current travel precautions, violinist Itzhak Perlman has decided to cancel a 6-city U.S. tour. including a March 19th concert at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.
  • Michael Buble’s run of US tour dates beginning March 17th in Jacksonville through April 5th have been postponed, with new dates in the same markets to be announced shortly. Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled shows.
  • The Jacksonville Icemen season will be suspended until further notice.
  • Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville has been postponed.
  • All libraries and the library bookmobile in St. Johns County are suspended.
  • The St. Johns County Pet Center is closed. 


  • Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Florida Department of Education has rolled out additional guidance for the 2019-2020 school year. Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran says this will include keeping all public and private K-12 and career and technical center campuses are closed through April 30. During this time, schools are encouraged to operate virtually or through other non-classroom-based means to the greatest extent possible. Additionally, the FLDOE says school districts should be prepared to extend their educational calendars through June 30th.
  • The University of North Florida will conduct remote instruction from March 23rd through April 5th. All on-campus services will be extremely limited during this time. Students are encouraged to remain away from campus until further notice. 


  • St. Johns County says they are closing Tax Collector offices until further notice beginning at 5PM Thursday April 1st. Online and mail services are still available.
  • Clay County Emergency Management says they are closing playground equipment and any large sporting event field or court at parks in the county starting at sundown Monday March 30th. Green spaces will still be open for people to use.
  • JEA will close its downtown Customer Business Office (CBO), effective Monday, March 23. The office located at 21 W. Church Street will remain closed until further notice. Customers will continue to be able to pay their bills at www.jea.com, by phone and at over 200 locations throughout the Jacksonville area, including Publix and Winn Dixie. In addition, JEA call center agents will continue to be available to handle customer inquiries. To reach them, please call 904-665-6000 for residential customers, 904-665-6250 for commercial customers or visit www.jea.com.
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is calling for bars and nightclubs to suspend operations for 30 days beginning at 5pm today (March 17th). He’s calling on restaurants to operate at 50% capacity, and screen all employees.  DeSantis also called on all public universities to go to remote learning for the rest of the spring semester.  
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has directed the temporary ban on visitation to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family cares, long-term care facilities, and adult group homes. This applies to the following individuals:  
    • Any person infected with COVID-19 who has not has had two consecutive negative tests results separated by at least 24 hours, any person showing or presenting signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection.
    • Any person who has or may have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 who has not tested negative is prohibited from visiting a facility for 14 days from their interaction with the infection individual.
    • Any person who has traveled internationally is prohibited from visiting for 14 days subsequent to their return to the United States.
    • Any person who traveled on a cruise ship is prohibited from visiting for 14 days from their return.
    • Any person who has been in a community with confirmed community spread is prohibited from visiting for 14 days once they’ve exited that community that’s been impacted.
    • Any person who physically resides in a community with confirmed community spread.



  • All public Masses are suspended in the churches and chapels of the Diocese of St. Augustine until March 31st.  Priests will still privately offer the Sacrifice of hte Mass daily for the needs of the Church. 
  • The Jacksonville Zoo, all city libraries and public parks will close at the end of Friday, March 13th, until further notice.
  • Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced on Friday, March 13th that operations at all city-owned venues will be closed indefinitely. 
  • The St Augustine Race Week Committee postponed all Race Week sailing and entertainment activities originally scheduled for March 14 through March 21. A revised date will be announced as soon as possible.
  • The Celtic Festival in St. Augustine on March 14 and 15 has been canceled. 
  • St. Augustine’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled.
  • The Seafood Festival in St. Augustine on March 20 through 22 has been canceled.
  • The Rotary, Rhythm & Ribs Festival in St. Augustine has been canceled.
  • Carrie Clark Day at Clarke Park in Orange Park on March 14 has been canceled.
  • The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are delaying the start of the season indefinitely.
  • The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp job fairs have been postponed.
  • The Jacksonville Icemen season has been suspended.
  • Clay County Library Systems scheduled programs and events have been canceled until April 1.
  • The Clay County Fair has been canceled out of an abundance of caution.  If you purchased tickets you can get a refund here
  • The Atlantic Sun has suspended all intercollegiate activity, that includes Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida.
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